These firms recently filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court's local clerk of court offices.

Under Chapter 11 of the federal bankruptcy code, a company is protected from claims by creditors while it attempts to reorganize its finances under a plan approved by the court.

In a Chapter 7 liquidation, a court trustee sells assets to pay creditors' claims. The company then ceases operations.

Eastern Virginia District

Alexandria Division

Air Cartage Systems Inc. of 44966 Falcon Place, No. 130, Dulles, filed for Chapter 7 liquidation Nov. 4. The company listed assets and liabilities each as $500,001 to $1 million.

Re/Max Properties of Distinction Inc. of 1010 North Glebe Rd., Arlington, filed for Chapter 7 liquidation Nov. 12. The company listed assets as zero to $50,000 and liabilities as $50,001 to $100,000.

Maryland District

Greenbelt Court

Montgomery Doughnut Inc. of 241 Derwood Circle, Rockville, filed for Chapter 11 reorganization Nov. 4. The company listed assets as $500,001 to $1 million and liabilities as $1,000,001 to $10 million.

American Connections International Inc. of 10620-B Riggs Hill Rd., Jessup, filed for Chapter 11 reorganization Nov. 5. The company listed assets as $500,001 to $1 million and liabilities as $1,000,001 to $10 million.